A bone breaks every 3.3 minutes across Australia, according to Osteoporosis Australia’s burden of disease report1. Whether they’re caused by accidents at home, work or school, sporting injuries, or related to poor bone health – fractures cause significant disruption to daily lives.
We understand that breaking a bone can be a serious and painful injury, which is often made worse when the fracture diagnosis is delayed or not treated adequately from the start.
Hurstville Private Hospital is now pleased to offer an alternative for patients who want to avoid lengthy wait times in hospital emergency departments. Our fracture clinic opened in June 2019 to specialise in the diagnosis and treatment of potential fractures or musculoskeletal injuries.
Our priority is to have our patients assessed sooner, diagnosed accurately and treated as efficiently as possible – avoiding the need for unnecessary surgery. Where further treatment is required, patients are fast tracked to surgery or specialist referral, without the need for multiple visits.
Benefits for patients:
- Minimal waiting times;
- Bulk billing for x-rays and diagnostic imaging;
- Direct access to Orthopaedic Surgeons, Exercise & Sports Physician and Physiotherapist’s;
- On-the-spot treatment for casting, splinting, back slab, thermoplastic splints and camboots;
- Rapid reporting and assessment notes sent directly to GP; and
- Registered provider for Work Cover, DVA and Medicare.
The most common causes of fractures are:
- Trauma. A fall, sports injury or an accident can all result in fractures.
- Osteoporosis. This disorder weakens bones and makes them more likely to break.
- Overuse. Repetitive motion can tire muscles and place more force on bone. This can result in stress fractures. Stress fractures are more common in athletes.
Many fractures are very painful and may prevent you from moving the injured area. Other common symptoms include:
- Swelling and tenderness around the injury
- Deformity – a limb may look out of place or a part of the bone may puncture through the skin. If you have a puncture through the skin this is called an ‘Open Fracture’ and is best treated in an Emergency Department.
Fractures can take up to several weeks to several months to heal, depending on the extent of the injury and how well you follow your doctor & physiotherapist advice.
Pain can ease before the fracture is completely healed enough to handle the stresses of normal activity.
During your recovery once your cast, boot or brace has been removed you will require some specific exercises to assist in restoring normal muscle strength, joint motion and flexibility.
If you have reoccurring fractures, a healthy diet and exercise may help in preventing some fractures. A diet rich in calcium and Vitamin D can assist with bone strength.
Contact us to see how our Dietitian and Physiotherapist can help.
Where to find us:
Address: Musculoskeletal Institute at Hurstville – Level 2, Suite 4, 37 Gloucester Road, Hurstville NSW 2220
Phone: 02 8970 6111
Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm.
Important: We are only able to see children from ages 4 and up. If your child is younger than 4, please present to your nearest Emergency Department at your local Hospital.